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Here's The Important Reason We Don't Get Mad Chemistry Kits For Christmas Any More

Those things were deadly.<p>For the first half of the 20th century, the humble chemistry kit was a hit with science-savvy children across the western …

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on display.<p>It’s easy to treat …

Hinge Health closes $8M Series A led by Atomico to ‘digitize delivery of healthcare’

Hinge Health, a startup originally founded out of London but that has since moved its headquarters to San Francisco, is on mission to “digitize the delivery of healthcare”. Beginning with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders — that’s things like knee pain, shoulder pain, or back pain, to you and me — …

The dark side to 'service with a smile'

It was Heraclitus and Democritus, a couple of Greek thinkers known as the "weeping and laughing philosophers". Heraclitus got his name from being melancholic and sad, whereas Democritus always wore a mask of cheerfulness.<p>Humans are, and always have been, highly sensitive to the emotional …

Psychology

We're Closer Than Ever to Saving Lives With Livers Made in The Lab

They're calling them baby organs.<p>Lab-grown livers could be saving lives much sooner than previously thought, thanks to new research, by providing …

The power of framing: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

The 2016 election and a wealth of psychological data show how much our reasoning can be influenced by how information is framed<p>In March 2016, before Trump was selected as the Republican nominee, cognitive scientist George Lakoff was already concerned about the emerging Trump phenomenon. So he wrote …

What goes on inside the brain of a psychopath?

It is well known that psychopaths can commit violent, and often criminal, acts. But the precise neural mechanisms that underlie this behavior have …

Empathy makes us immoral, says a Yale psychologist

Empathy, in general, has an excellent reputation. But it leads us to make terrible decisions, according to Paul Bloom, psychology professor at Yale and author of <i>Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.</i> In fact, he argues, we would be far more moral if we had no empathy at all.<p>Though it …

Psychology

Do We Have Free Will? You Better Believe It

At some point in life, you've probably asked yourself how in-control of your own actions you are. Could you have stopped yourself from eating that …

How Emotions Impact Cognition

Two information-processing systems determine the human emotional response: the affective and cognitive processing systems. The affective system …

Psychology

The trick to persuading people you’re right, according to experimental psychology

It’s an old trope that humans don’t like change—especially when it comes to their opinions. Ancient Greek philosophers complained about the masses refusing to heed their advice. Scholars spearheading the scientific revolution in the 17th century bemoaned their predecessors’ stubbornness. And today, …

Critical Thinking

The bot invasion is on, powered by $24B in funding

While the manufacturing sector is increasingly using physical robots to improve industrial processes, the market for virtual bots or “chatbots” is also gaining serious traction in the space where humans and computers interact.<p>Bots are essentially software technologies that automate tasks and enable …

If Humble People Make the Best Leaders, Why Do We Fall for Charismatic Narcissists?

The research is clear: when we choose humble, unassuming people as our leaders, the world around us becomes a better place.<p>Humble leaders improve the performance of a company in the long run because they create more collaborative environments. They have a balanced view of themselves – both their …

11 Cognitive Biases You Must Know to Avoid Making Silly Mistakes in Life

Mistakes are part of life. Some teach us how to be happier, wiser, and become better versions of ourselves. However, there are mistakes that can …

Scientists Have Found A Strikingly Effective Way To Help You Get Over Your Phobias

This new therapy could also lead to better treatments for people with social anxiety and PTSD.<p>There’s plenty of psychological research to back up the idea that facing a phobia can be the best way to get over it. But all the evidence in the world doesn’t necessarily make it easier to cozy up to, …

The Brain

Here's how scientists grow lifelike human ears on slices of apple

Apples are a staple in most people's homes and, it seems, in science. There was Newton's apple, and the proverbial daily apple to keep your doctor away.<p>Now, biophysicist Andrew Pelling of University of Ottawa wants to add an apple of his own into the mix — and this one might bring with it the …

TED Talks

This new material for a breakthrough temperature sensor comes from a surprising and natural source

It may look like shrink wrap, but a film recently developed by a team of researchers has a secret power: It’s incredibly sensitive to temperature.<p>“Just to give you a sense, it … can detect, for example, the presence of warm bodies like a rabbit, or a human body or a hand at a distance of up to a …

How Parkopedia became a parking data powerhouse

“It didn’t take a genius to realize that if I couldn’t find any useful online information for finding parking in San Francisco, then drivers in Paris, Shanghai, and thousands of other cities around the globe were probably also struggling with the exact same problem,” explained Eugene Tsyrklevich, …

San Francisco

4 reasons why people ignore facts and believe fake news

The new year has brought us the apparently new phenomena of fake news and alternative facts, in which black is white, up is down, and reality is up for grabs.<p>The inauguration crowds were the largest ever. No, that was not a "falsehood," proclaimed by Kellyanne Conway as she defended Sean Spicer's …

Fake News

There's a New Cognitive Bias in Town: SPOT

We write often on <i>Big Think</i> about cognitive biases, and researchers in England have just discovered a new one we didn’t know about. You may be …

How humans became intelligent

<b>From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds.</b> By Daniel Dennett. <i>W.W. Norton; 496 pages; $28.95. Allen Lane; £25.</i><p>HUMAN neurons are distant …

A 3-Step Process to Making Better Decisions

Knowing if, when and how to make decisions requires experience and self-awareness.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No area of leadership exposes a CEO’s weaknesses quicker than his or her approach to decision making. Some CEOs procrastinate for fear of making a wrong …

Management

How Cognitive Biases Can Mess With Your Management Skills

You are alone sitting in a carriage on a train late at night. You are tired, but try to stay awake. The graffiti offer a mild distraction, but you’ve read it all before, nothing new. Your laptop bag is on the seat next to you wobbling slightly as it tries to stay upright on the torn seat and with …

Cognition

Against Post-Truth: The Logical Experience of Knowledge, the Circularity of Truth etc

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>To understand empirical knowledge we must understand empirical reasoning. And to understand empirical reasoning we</i> …

Empiricism

Behavioral Economics and Outdated Rules

The case of New York’s ban on credit-card surcharges should be determined by the Contract Clause of the Constitution.<p>Regarding Todd J. Zywicki and Geoffrey A. Manne’s “The Constitution Says Nothing About Behavioral Economics” (op-ed, Jan. 10): The case of New York’s ban on credit-card surcharges …

New York State